[pccgrads] FW: a new front in climate change advocacy? Matt Pawa at UW Law on Feb 3

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Mon Jan 30 10:13:46 PST 2017


…. Matt Pawa <http://www.pawalaw.com/attorneys/matthew-pawa> will be speaking on what is likely to be a significant new approach in US climate change advocacy. Perhaps it will be of interest to PCC and CreativeConservation folks.



In short: Pawa has developed a theory of litigating against oil companies in the same vein of the "big tobacco" lawsuits from a decade or so ago. Using this approach, the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts have opened investigations into Exxon; other states may do the same. It should be interesting to a fairly wide audience and no doubt will be thought-provoking.



Perhaps you, your colleagues, or students may be interested. RSVPs are required so we size the room and free lunch properly. Feel free to pass the invitation around.



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Todd



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Friday, February 3, 2017
12:30–1:20 p.m.


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You have probably heard that #ExxonKnew and that the New York and California Attorneys General are investigating. What exactly do these disclosures show about what Exxon knew about climate change? What did Exxon do for decades after it knew? What are the legal implications? Leading U.S. environmental lawyer Matt Pawa will be making a courtroom-style presentation regarding Exxon’s internal documents that have recently come to light and Exxon’s subsequent response. Mr. Pawa has pioneered the use of tort law in global warming cases such as Connecticut v. American Electric Power Co. and Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp.He recently won a record-breaking $236 million verdict against ExxonMobil in a groundwater contamination case. He also successfully defended protesters who used a lobster boat to block a coal shipment in Massachusetts.

Join us for Matt Pawa’s presentation on the strategies that he is bringing to bear in litigating cases in the fight against global warming.



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